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Learn to Code and Install PackML at OMAC’s Annual PackML Workshop

For Immediate Release

Contact:
Brent Meyer
859.391.0130
brentmeyer@fuse.net

Learn to Code and Install PackML at OMAC’s Annual PackML Workshop
Monday, May 22, Chicago Marriott O’Hare

  • Half-day training includes PackML programming workshops with Rockwell and Siemens experts
  • Additional sessions on advancing the Industrial Internet and implementing PackML
  • Workshop offered conjunction with the Automation Conference, May 23-24

Reston, VA. – PackML Workshop 2017, presented by the Organization for Machine Automation and Control (OMAC) is offering hands-on PackML/ISA TR88.00.02 programming and installation sessions with experts from Rockwell and Siemens. Each programming workshop will include multiple workstations for participants to learn how to code and install PackML. The goal is to provide attendees with practical experience by simulating a programming and installation environment.

The Workshop takes place on May 22, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare in partnership with the Automation Conference 2017, produced by Automation World and PMMI Media Group. The Automation Conference follows the PackML Workshop on May 23-24 at the same location.

PackML Workshop participants also will learn more about how PackML and OPC UA are advancing the Industrial Internet. Dennis Brandl, BRL Consulting will present OMAC and OPC UA – Providing a Pathway to the Industrial Internet of Things. A general session on building the business case for PackML will also be offered.

A reception for all OMAC members and Workshop participants will follow at 5:00 pm in the same location. OMAC will hold its General Meeting for all members and interested workshop participants on May 22, prior to the Workshop.

PackML Workshop attendees must also register the Automation Conference. OMAC members save $100 on registration for the PackML Workshop and $100 on registration for the Automation Conference.

For more information and to register: visit https://www.theautomationconference.com.

OMAC Meetings and Workshop Schedule
8:00 – 10:00 am
OMAC Board Meeting

10:00 am -12:00 pm
OMAC General Meeting
Open to all OMAC members and Workshop Participants
Workshop Schedule

1:00 – 2:00 pm
OMAC and OPC UA – Providing a Pathway to the Industrial Internet of Things
Presenter: Dennis Brandl, BRL Consulting

2:00 – 4:30 pm
Hands-on PackML Programming and Installation
Presenters: Multiple workstations led by Rockwell Automation Team

Hands-on PackML Programming and Installation
Presenters: Multiple Workstations led by Siemens Team

Business Case and Technical Path for implementing PackML/ISA TR88.00.02
Presenter: TBD

Programming and business case sessions run concurrently.
4:30-5:00 pm
Workshop Wrap-Up and Q&A
Presenter: Dr. Bryan Griffen, OMAC Chairman

5:00 pm
Networking reception for OMAC
Members and Workshop Participants

About OMAC
The Organization for Machine Automation and Control (OMAC) helps manufacturers and suppliers work together to identify new and innovative ways to increase the effectiveness of their production operations. OMAC brings together leading End-User Manufacturers, OEM Machine Builders, System Integrators, Technology Providers, and Non-Profit / Government Agency organizations to address issues that confront global manufacturing today. OMAC’s two working groups, Packaging and Manufacturing, lead the way in producing industry consensus guidelines that help manufacturers reduce their delivery times, be more efficient with available resources, and increase profitability. More information is available at www.omac.org.

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28 OMAC Members and Partners Exhibiting at interpack 2017


Contact: Brent Meyer
brentmeyer@fuse.net
859.391.0130

For Immediate Release

28 OMAC Members and Partners Exhibiting at interpack 2017


  • OMAC exhibits at interpack for first time, Hall 12 Booth CO4-13, May 4-10, Dusseldorf, Germany
  • OMAC features PackML/OPC UA companion spec

Reston, VA  – A growing number of end users, OEMs and technology suppliers for packaging machines are implementing PackML, ISA-TR88.00.02, an Organization for Machine Automation and Control (OMAC) standard.

OMAC members are in the vanguard of creating more efficient manufacturing and packaging operations. At interpack 2017, OMAC will be showcasing the ISA-TR88.00.02 automation standard commonly known as PackML and initiatives, such as the PackML/OPC UA companion specification among devices and machines, which adds data modeling features, secure communications, and standard IIOT methods for sharing data.

At Interpack 2017 in Dusseldorf 27 member companies will present their respective PackML solutions. OMAC itself is showcasing initiatives such as the PackML/OPC UA companion specification which is helping to advance communication protocols among devices and machines.

Manufacturers and machine builders worldwide have implemented PackML on various control platforms to increase speed to production, ease packaging line integration and improve reliability. The second generation is currently available. While PackML defines machine modes, states and tag naming conventions, the OPC Foundation’s Unified Architecture (OPC UA) is an industrial interoperability framework. It delivers information modeling with integrated security, access rights, and all communication layers to provide plug and play machine-to-machine (M2M) communication inside factories. It is scalable across the plant floor and from sensor to IT enterprise and cloud scenarios.

OMAC members will be available at Interpack in Hall 12 Booth CO4-13. OMAC will hold receptions in member booths belonging Lenze and B&R Automation. Receptions in the Lenze booth (Hall 6 booth E79) will be held on Thursday, May 4 and on Friday, May 5 beginning at 5:00 pm. A reception in the B&R Automation booth (Hall 6 booth E62) will be held on May 8 beginning at 5:00 pm.

About OMAC

The Organization for Machine Automation and Control (OMAC) helps manufacturers and suppliers work together to identify new and innovative ways to increase the effectiveness of their production operations. OMAC brings together leading End-User Manufacturers, OEM Machine Builders, System Integrators, Technology Providers, and Non-Profit / Government Agency organizations to address issues that confront global manufacturing today. OMAC’s two working groups, Packaging and Manufacturing, lead the way in producing industry consensus guidelines that help manufacturers reduce their delivery times, be more efficient with available resources, and increase profitability.  More information is available at www.omac.org.

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OMAC Launches Operational Technology Advisory Forum

Contact: Brent Meyer
859.391.0130
brentmeyer@fuse.net

For Immediate Release

  OMAC Launches Operational Technology Advisory Forum

(Reston, VA) One of the most significant roadblocks to standards adoption and the Industrial Internet of Things is the gap between information and operational technologies.  OMAC aims to close the gap by launching an Operational Technology (OT) Advisory Forum, which brings together automation end users to collaborate on standards and best practices.

Members of OMAC’s OT Advisory Forum will be part of the collective voice of end users, integrators, OEMs, technology providers and corporate members that champion standards in manufacturing automation. The OT Advisory Forum is open to qualified automation end users at no cost and allows them to collaborate with other manufacturers and participate in many OMAC sponsored activities, such as workshops, best practice sharing, OMAC document reviews, communication, and annual meetings at the member rate. Members of the OT Advisory Forum will also be recognized on OMAC’s website and other promotional activities.

Members of the OT Advisory Forum can transition to full corporate members to access additional benefits, such as voting privileges, updates of ISA TR88.00.02, initiative proposals, technology demonstrations, workgroup and Technical Advisory Board activities and leadership opportunities. To learn more about the differences between corporate membership and the OT Advisory Forum, visit OMAC.org/Membership.

For more than two decades, OMAC member companies have championed standards in manufacturing automation. For example, OMAC is responsible for the ISA TR88.00.02 (PackML) standard that is driving production and ROI improvements for end users and OEMs worldwide.  Additionally, OMAC has contributed substantially to the MTConnect, STEP NC and OPC UA standards.  OMAC continues to advance automation standards with universal templates for machinery User Requirements Specifications, HMI dashboards and others.

The Path to the Industrial Internet of Things

To reach the full potential of the Industrial Internet of Things from the production floor through operations, manufacturers need to resolve numerous challenges and meet multiple requirements. Manufacturers have the opportunity to drive the discussion and solutions by working together in industry standards organizations such as OMAC.

Some of the pressing issues and questions OMAC and other standard organizations are working to address include:

  • What OT standards are required to meet IT security concerns?
  • How can manufacturers achieve interoperability and connectivity that takes advantage of today’s analytics?
  • How can manufacturers prevent proprietary industrial technologies from holding back effective Industrial Internet deployment?
  • How can manufacturers convince suppliers to adopt standards without incurring unnecessary cost and delay?

“It’s not enough for corporations to adhere to ‘internal’ standards and specifications,” says Dr. Bryan Griffen, OMAC Chairman.  “The Industrial Internet demands true end-to-end interoperability, with a flattened hierarchy between IT and OT systems.”

Join OMAC’s Operational Technology Advisory Forum

There is no cost to join OMAC’s OT Advisory Forum. Details available here.

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